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Special Collections Book of the Month: My Impossible Dream

Chuck Randall as told to Barbara Kindness
Publication Information: 
Bothell, WA: Book Publishers Network, 2008
Special Collections - The Western Collection
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Randall, C.
March, 2011

My Impossible DreamMarch madness is upon us. Currently the WWU Vikings are working their way through the post-season conference title competition, hoping to host the women's regional championships and more. With that in mind what a great time to read, My Impossible Dream, by WWU Men's Coach of the Century (1900-1999), Chuck Randall.

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Special Collections Book of the Month: The Winemaker's Daughter

Timothy Egan
Publication Information: 
New York : Vintage Books, 2005
Special Collections -- Northwest Collection
Call Number: 
PS3605 .G36 W56 2005
February, 2011

Wines, Water Rights, Coulees and Cultures:  The Winemaker's Daughter by Timothy Egan

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North Cascades Audobon Society Visit

NCASMembers of the North Cascades Audubon Society visited Special Collections January 22, to see reproductions of John James Audubon's Birds of America illustrations.

"The Original Water-Color Paintings by John James Audubon for the Birds of America, Reproduced in Color for the First Time from the Collection at the New York Historical Society," is the full title of the set, published in 1966. It is a collector's edition, one of 750 copies.

Audubon bookThe book and print collection is the gift of Joe and Roberta Eblen in honor of their daughter, Anna Eblen, who is chair of the Communications department at Western.

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New Books for Fly Fishing Collection

Bug WaterA new list of titles added to the Fly Fishing Collection from July to December 2010 is now available.  All books added to the Fly Fishing Collection are donations from our friendly fly fishers in the Northwest.

The Purpose of the Fly Fishing Collection at Western Washington University Libraries Special Collections is to collect, preserve, and provide access to diverse materials supporting study of the sport of fly fishing.

The collection includes books, periodicals, manuscripts, photographs, artworks, audio and video personal interviews and histories, and fly fishing artifacts such as rods, reels, flies, and fly tying materials.

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Walton's Compleat Angler Gift

Dave Beatty, John Freeman, Peter Smith, Danny BeattyOur friends John Freeman, Danny and Dave Beatty visited Special Collections January 7, 2011.  John Freeman donated a rare book, The Compleat Angler, with decorations by Frank Adams, published in 1930.

The Compleat Angler, or, the contemplative man's recreation, being a discourse of fish and fishing not unworthy the perusal of most anglers, is the full title of the book by Izaak Walton, first published in 1653.  Compleat Angler

This gift is one of 450 copies, signed by the artist Frank Adams.  With gilt edges and gilt lettering on the spine, illustrations like the one here, and facsimile printing with original spelling, this is a beautiful book just for viewing.  Gift of John and Lynne Freeman.


Dave Danny JohnDuring the same visit, Danny Beatty returned a bamboo rod made by Letcher Lambuth.  Danny had the middle section ferrule repaired by Tom Fulk. 

The rod was found by Danny in Ruth Sumner's garage, was loaned to the International Fly Fishing Center, and now is part of the Fly Fishing Collection in Special Collections.

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Sally Does It

Dorothy Walter Baruch
Publication Information: 
New York : Appleton-Century Crofts, 1940
Special Collections
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Western Collection: Montgomery
June, 2010

Sally Does ItSpecial Collections is proud to house a large archive of materials by Western alumna Elizabeth Rider Montgomery, one of the team of writers that created the "Dick and Jane" reading series so nostalgically recalled by Americans who learned to read using them from the 1930s through the 1960s.

Uncle Sam Wants Your Opinion

Western receives free publications from the federal government (almost half a million since 1964.) The Government Printing Office wants to know what you think of their work - and ours.

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Exploring Decadence in Special Collections

Special Collections Research Room

On September 30, 2010, we welcomed Professor Kristin Mahoney and her students enrolled in English 410: Studies in Literary History (Decadence).

Among the Special Collections resources introduced to the students was The Yellow Book, the late 19th century avant-garde periodical published in London from 1894 to 1897.

Co-founded by Aubrey Beardsley who also served as its art editor, The Yellow Book was associated with aestheticism and decadence and frequently featured Beardsley's striking drawings.

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Charles and Pauline LeWarne visit Special Collections

Charles and PaulineOn October 20, 2010, we enjoyed a visit with WWU alumnus Charles LeWarne (BA/BAE 1955) and Pauline LeWarne. They brought additional items for the Charles Pierce LeWarne Collection, part of The Western Collection, as well as three Northwest history-related children’s books published in the 1930s, welcome gifts to the Special  Collections Children’s Collection.

Charles LeWarne, who received a master’s degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctoral degree in history from the University of Washington, is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and monographs concerning regional history, including, most recently The Love Israel Family (2009) , the first extensively researched study of the well-known Western Washington commune.

He has been an enthusiastic contributor to The Western Collection and we thank him for his generous continuing support of this unique archive of scholarly and creative works by members of the Western community.

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